Default risk seen rising at small U.S. companies


By Dena Aubin NEW YORK, May 27 (Reuters) - Increasingly easy credit for small U.S. companies could be creating a gathering storm of future defaults, even as risks for the largest corporations remain low. Banks, hedge funds and other loan funds have pumped capital into small companies as growth prospects for larger businesses fade. Access to cash is helping keep default rates low for now, but it could also be propping up shaky companies that may run into trouble when credit tightens, ...

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